The new MacBook is a 13-inch laptop that replaces both the iBook and the 12-inch PowerBook G4. I’m a fervent 12″ Powerbook user so in the future this product announcement will have a decided effect on my purchase of a replacement. The new black MacBook ($1,500US) comes with many of the same features as the MacBook Pro including a built-in iSight video camera, Apple’s MagSafe Power Adapter, Front Row, Apple Remote, DVI with dual display support (up to 23-inch), optical digital audio input and output, Gigabit Ethernet, Sudden Motion Sensor and a Scrolling TrackPad. Apple’s award-winning iLife software suite is included as well.
The new Glossy screens make for beautiful looking imagery but the glare makes them almost unusable but in the most controlled lighting environments. We can’t always choose an ideal environment for working when we are traveling so I see this as a potential deal breaker for many. Trying to read text on a screen with glare is not only difficult but causes eye strain. I wonder if the use of Intel Graphics will make it a no go for those of us who use graphic intensive applications.
While I am less than knocked out with their new portable strategy (I really don’t want to go back to carrying around a 15″
Powerbook MacBook Pro again) these new MacBooks look like winners and should look great sitting next to your black iPod Nano’s. Available at the Apple Store.